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Decoding China’s Economic Growth Prospects under the New 13th Five Year Plan: Implications for South Africa and the Sino-Africa

19 January 2016
10:00 - 13:00


Guest speaker: His Excellency Gu Hailiang, Former President of Wuhan University, Deputy Chair of the State Committee of Social Science, Ministry of Education, Peoples Republic of China

Date: 19 January 2016

Time: 09:50 for 10:00 -13:00

Venues in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town (Videoconferencing facilities: see below)

Currently most analysts assert that the recovery of the global economy, is closely linked with China`s economic performance. Given China`s GDP which slowed down to 6.9% in 2015 and depreciation trend of RMB, questions have been raised regarding China’s impact on South Africa’s economic growth, particularly in commodities. Therefore, understanding China’s economic trends are critical in addressing the Sino-Africa Comprehensive Cooperative Partnership. In November 2015, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China convened its 5th Plenary session last November and will release the 13th 5-Year-Plan in March 2016. The blueprint is expected to shape new development course and trend for China from 2016 to 2020. Furthermore, at the recent Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), the Sino-African, Chinese President Xi Jinping unveiled 60 billion U.S. dollars cooperation package for Africa in the next three years. The Sino-African relationship from a strategic partnership was also upgraded to a comprehensive strategic and cooperative partnership This seminar will examine the 13th Five-year Plan which will shape China`s future development trend and its impact on South Africa and the global community? Also discussed will be China`s new development Plan and new opportunities for cooperation between China and Africa?

Kindly RSVP by 18 January 2016 Cape Town: HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or Durban: The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001, Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or , or Hlengiwe Zulu at e-mail Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail:

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of the DST.